County Park Board approves master plan for future park improvements

An extensive improvement plan for the Dubois County Park could see the length of trails more than doubling, a new playground, multiple pavilions and more camping areas for tents and RVs as well as added facilities over the next several years.

The Dubois County Park Board has been working on the plans since earlier this summer and the finalized version was presented Tuesday morning at the board’s regular meeting.

The overall cost of the plan is unknown as it will be phased in over several years of improvements and while the Hafer and Associates — the architectural and planning firm involved in the project — gave estimated costs for the improvements. In 2018 dollars, the total cost of improvements could be more than $2.5 million, but those estimates will likely increase over the years it takes to implement the changes.

The final presentation and plan is available below with those cost estimates. Click the expand button to view the full-size presentation with details regarding the improvements.

Moving forward the board plans on adding more RV camping sites to facilitate more funds for the park through the rental fees. Additionally, the group will explore updating restroom facilities in the immediate future.

Lisa Gehlhausen, executive director of Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, was on hand to inform the board that federal grant dollars are potentially available for the improvements but those dollars would encumber the county with defining the park as a park for perpetuity. A portion of the park that encompasses Reflection Lake has already been designated as such for previous grants.

2 Responses to County Park Board approves master plan for future park improvements

  1. Mrs. Ima Ruth Green October 9, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    Looks like some good improvements…hope the “neighbors” don’t object to all the additional hiking trails (footsteps), camping (loud snoring), et al…might be too noisy, dirty, etc.

  2. Brad Schmitt October 9, 2018 at 11:06 pm #

    Please don’t mess with the disc golf course